In its latest monthly announcement of record illegal immigrant apprehensions at the southern border, the Biden administration took credit for certain steep declines which it attributed to "our new border enforcement measures."
The number of Venezuelans unlawfully crossing was down 82 percent from its peak in September, for instance. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, in the January 20 release, boasted that "early data suggests the expanded measures for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans are having a similar impact."
"And," Miller continued," we look forward to sharing the additional data in the next update."
No doubt. But the declines Miller promised are a premeditated deceit. Americans who care about stemming the historic tide of illegal immigrants should prepare for further prevarications and reject them in favor of the truth.
The American public will indeed see sharp declines in the monthly illegal apprehension statistics, starting with the January report which comes out next month. And the Biden administration will tout these as evidence of vastly improved border security, thanks to a new "enforcement" system it has just expanded.
But this claim of enforcement success is founded on a purposeful accounting cheat. The illusion would impress Harry Houdini.